Lead Production Engineer - Chemical/Process Engineer


We are looking to recruit a Lead Production Engineer (Chemical/Process Engineer) to join our clients team on a permanent basis. The role is site based in East Yorkshire.


Working closely with shift teams and other members of the operations team, the Lead Production Engineer is responsible for ensuring short term targets are met regarding safety, throughput, yield, quality, cost etc. Having a strong technical and academic background, the incumbent will apply theoretical knowledge to find and implement practical and sustainable solutions to optimise plant performance, improve efficiencies, eliminate waste and drive down cost. With an intimate knowledge of plant unit operations, the incumbent will support the development and execution of longer-term improvement projects.

As a lead engineer, the incumbent will coach and mentor operations personnel and support staff and provide guidance and mentoring to the wider technical resources.


  • Ensure effective measurement tools are in place and that measurements are collected to track and report performance using performance indicators for production yields, raw material conversion, resource utilisation and asset utilisation.
  • Works with Production Technicians, networks with other engineers on site and other wider business partners to leverage knowledge on plant operations.
  • Translate Business needs relating to production to production optimisation goals.
  • Provides operating guidance to be applied in procedures and process operating discipline and identifies improvement opportunities through customer feedback and through programs driven by the business.
  • Works with the supply chain to ensure plant needs are met from raw material planning to logistics.
  • Owning the technical content of the Process description and narratives.
  • Analyse plant data to understand issues.
  • Apply CI processes to the constraints identified (5 step Problem solving, action teams) and be seen as a role model in this effort.
  • Develop solutions to current identified constraints, create the management of change documentation, obtain financial approval, develop implementation plans, and support the implementation and commissioning of the solution.
  • Participate in the analysis and resolution of identified utilization and reliability issues.
  • Lead investigations for incidents.
  • Participate in Hazard Identification and Risk assessment activities.
  • Lead the closure of action items generated during safety reviews.
  • Support the competency program of the production team.
  • Line management of the production engineers.
  • To understand the MAPP – Major Accident Prevention Policy 
  • To comply with company Health, Safety and Environmental policies, procedures and arrangement.
  • To report all Health, Safety and Environmental accidents, incidents and near misses promptly.
  • To act in a safe and responsible manner at all times.
  • Have an awareness of the ISO management systems that the company adheres to for Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental, Energy and Quality Management (ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 5001 & ISO 9001).
  • Follow company policies, procedures and arrangements to ensure compliance with the management systems for ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 & ISO9001.

Skills and Experience

  • Batchelor or Master degree in Chemical or Process engineering.
  • Significant experience in supporting production of large-scale high hazard plant operations.
  • Knowledge of COMAH regulations an advantage.
  • Knowledge and experience of using tools to improve manufacturing such as Root Cause investigation methodologies, Lean manufacturing principles, Continuous Improvement methodology etc.
  • Solid technical knowledge of core chemical engineering principles and processes – thermodynamics, heat transfer, mass transfer etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise of turning theoretical knowledge into practical improvements.
  • Experience of automated process control systems.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading teams and delivering programme improvement.
  • Knowledgeable and articulate in appropriate technical subjects in the assigned areas.
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills, in order to be able to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Self-driven, results orientated with a positive outlook and a clear focus on safety, high standards, and commercial success for the client.
  • A natural forward planner who critically assesses their own performance and the performance of the team.
  • Maintains high personal standards and is able to demonstrate fairness in dealing with people.
  • Influences through leadership and personal example.
  • A ‘hands on’ approach with a desire and motivation to gain a deep technical understanding of the clients' asset unit operations.
  • Presents and contributes to technical exchanges with other teams and shareholders.
  • Leads and contributes to incident investigations for the client.
  • The role requires a good appreciation of the commercial impact of proposals on the business.
  • Constructively challenge ‘business as usual and looks to drive efficiencies and eliminate waste.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer sponsorship so interested candidates must be eligible to work in the UK without restrictions.


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